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Old 06-13-2005, 10:00 AM   #1
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Growth overnight??

Ok, so this morning I went to my tank to say "good morning" to my 3 chromis (1 still missing) and chocolate chip star. I found on top of one of my rocks some brownish 'hair' growing on it, it was about 1/2 to 1 inch long. What is this? I can take a pic and post it if needed. But it just looks like fine hair, say a cotton ball spread out thinly and brownish. This thing was not there last night!! I was enjoying looking at my tank last night and it wasn't there! Everybody is doing ok, I haven't tested the H2O this week (going to). The tank is 1 month old and had been cycled since pretty much week 2. I'm thinking is my 1st algae bloom and it will clear. I just brushed the hair off with a toothbrush and see what happens. Sorry for the long post...
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Hope it's not cyano....
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Cyano is supposed to be slimy, this stuff is hairy. I just brushed it off, but I know is coming back...
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brodie I looked at your tank pics, nice job looks good. gilraen, the words brown and algae = something is not in balance. Hair algae can be a cyano bacteria or a natural occuring algae. In any case it means there are excess nutrients in your tank. I would recommend the use of a protien skimmer, or if you are running one a UV sterilizor or another skimmer to erradicate it. That is after a water change of course!
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I just checked the articles section in this forum and found my answer. It is hair algae not cyano. I hava an aquac remora for skimmer. Also have a UV sterilizer which will be connected sometime this week. Thanks for ya'll replies!!
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Old 06-13-2005, 11:25 AM   #6
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The best option for hair algae is manual removal. Snails and emerald crabs may help as well. Have you tested for NO3 and PO4?
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I have a same problem on a single piece of live rock. I pulled it out and scrubbed it with a wire brush, rinsed and put it back in the tank... about a week later its back. Not as thing but still there... I have emerald crabs in my tank and they dont seem to touch the stuff. I think Im going to leve it now only because its only taking up about 4 sq/inches. Is it beneficial at all?
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I leave small patches of hair in mine.. just so it will not get too worse..It takes up some of the nutrient..I leave it at least till I can fix it..
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Lando, I tested for NO3 and it is 10ppm, the rest of the tests are 0. I don't have any inverts at all but I just ordered a cleaner pack earlier. I did remove the 'hair' and now it looks better, still some very small strand on it. Thanks for your help
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Oh and the PO4 is 0 also
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